“He is a frequent flyer.” This is a term we reserve for patients who consume a lot of services. In the outpatient clinic, it’s the type of patient who comes for frequent visits, perhaps more often than medically necessary. Oftentimes, more than we’d like. They can be demanding. They can also be an invaluable resource: None of your patients will likely be more forthright with you than those who are so motivated.
I saw one of my frequent flyer patients recently. He, like all patients, has medical problems, but, unlike most, he never misses an opportunity to schedule an appointment to solve them. A once red-, now gray-haired engineer, he has quite a record of skin issues and has meticulously documented all of them himself.
Read Dr. Benabio’s article here.